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Meet Katie Hogan

By Katie Hogan

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Katie Hogan has been lifting since she was 13.

“I understand the stigma against girls getting bulky and strong, and I’ve had that feeling myself: ‘I don’t want to get too big,’” says the Level 1 Seminar Staff member. “But I love the feeling of being able to go up and rip a bar off the floor and have guys, girls, whoever look around like, ‘Oh my God, did she seriously just do that—with a side pony?”

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Meet Doug Armstrong

By Doug Armstrong

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For two years, Aussie Doug Armstrong has been a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member. It’s a gig he describes as being “an absolute privilege” and “beyond an honor.”

Armstrong owns CrossFit Rocks in Brisbane, Australia.

Being a good trainer, he says, requires someone who is not absorbed by his or her own goals or achievements and who is willing to share experiences.

“Really, being a good trainer is about healing people,” Armstrong explains. “It’s about… Continue Reading

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Meet Abi Grove

By Abi Grove

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Abi Grove is member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff, and she’s also a powerlifter who trains at Louie Simmons’ Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio.

Westside is a rugged, no-nonsense gym where elite powerlifters train to break world records, and Grove was intimidated when she left the comfort of five years at Lynnwood CrossFit/Local’s Gym in Washington state. She says she quickly found a lot of common ground between Westside… Continue Reading

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Meet Erik Preston

By Erik Preston

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Erik Preston grew up in Indian Wells, Calif., a desert town that in 2010 had a population of not quite 5,000 people.

“When I was growing up, it was tumbleweeds and jackrabbits and sand dunes,” he explains.

As a child, Preston’s mother got him involved in a multitude of activities: BMX, acting, speed reading, violin.

“My claim to fame is that I made it through two rounds on The Gong Show and finally got cut by Chuck… Continue Reading

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Meet Neal Maddox

By Neal Maddox

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When Neal Maddox was 9, he started doing push-ups and sit-ups every day in his bedroom.

Maddox’s uncles were large men and his dad “was really big and buff,” so he wanted to keep up. Maddox ended up playing Division II collegiate football and spent some time with the San Jose Sabercats.

“I worked my butt off since I was a kid,” says the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member who owns CrossFit X-Treme Athletics in San Jose, Calif.

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Meet Stephane Rochet

By Stephane Rochet

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In college, Stephane Rochet got up at 3:30 in the morning to help out at Ohio University’s weight room with Ethan Reeve, who was the strength coach.

“Just one of the lucky breaks in my life,” Rochet says. “(He) was an absolute genius.”

He adds: “That’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do.”

Today, Rochet is the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of San Diego and part of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar… Continue Reading

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